Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Ridge View High School's Master Haircare Program hosted their fourth annual "Cuts for Gabbiee" fundraiser Sunday in memory of Gabrielle Swainson.
In August 2012, 15-year-old Swainson was kidnapped and murdered. Swainson attended Ridge View High School.
"She was one of our loved ones here at Ridge View High School," Jarrod Sumter.
Sumter works for the district. He said he never knew Gabbie, but wanted to show his support.
"It's a good thing to keep her name going here and support her every year," he said.
Students, staff and other members of the community each donated five dollars to the "Gabbiee Swainson Memorial Scholarship" for a free haircut.
"It means a lot to me for barbers to sacrifice their time and just come out to sacrifice their talents for a great cause," Terex Smalls said, who helped organize the event.
"We have people from all aspects of life. Young, old. We have a lot of school students here. We have a lot of community members here. We have a lot of board members here, so it's just a great community initiative," Smalls said. "She's definitely part of the Ridge View family and that's just something that we want to keep. Keep her legacy. Keep her memory alive and so this event today definitely does that."
Any Ridge View High School student can apply for the scholarship. Applications are available at the school.